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Govt, Students Reach Agreement on Education Reform

In an apparent breakthrough after months of protest, government representatives agreed in principle to education reforms during talks with students and education advocates on Wednesday.

Thousands Reportedly Cross Into China to Flee Fighting, Airstrikes in Shan State

Thousands of Kokang region residents reportedly flee into China’s Yunnan Province to escape heavy fighting and army airstrikes on ethnic rebels in northern Shan State.

Burma’s President Approves Plan for Constitutional Referendum: Lawmakers

Burma’s President Thein Sein gives the green light to hold a referendum this year on amendments to the country’s military-drafted Constitution, two lawmakers say.

Army Blamed for Delay in Court Case of Slain Journalist

The widow of a Burmese journalist killed in military custody blames the Burma Army for delays in her late husband’s case going before a court.

Coastal Hotel Zone Planned for Mon State

The Mon State government has approved the development of a hotel zone on an 8-mile stretch of the state’s pristine coastline, according to a state minister.

Kachin Group Questions Govt Murder Probe, Forms Investigation Team

An investigation into the recent deaths and alleged rape of two young women in northern Shan State has been criticized by a local religious group.

Aung San: A Legacy Unfulfilled

100 years since his birth, Aung San’s aspirations for a unified and democratic Myanmar are yet to be realized, writes Kyaw Zwa Moe.

Sacked Yadana Pipeline Workers Seek Compensation from Total

Over 200 people have staged a protest against Total Myanmar after the mass termination of Yadana gas pipeline workers in Tenasserim Division last month.

China Worried as Burma Fighting Pushes Refugees Across Border

China’s expresses concern about renewed fighting between ethnic rebels and Burmese government forces which forced civilians to cross the border to seek refuge in China.

Govt Plans to Nominate Mrauk-U for World Heritage Listing

Burma’s government initiates measures to better preserve the old Arakanese capital of Mrauk-U and prepare it for a nomination for the Unesco World Heritage List.

March Goes on as Education Talks set to Resume

Talks look set to resume between students and the government, as activists vow to continue demonstrations that have spread to various parts of the country.

‘Evidence of Illegal Activity’ by Chinese, Canadian Firms at Monywa: Amnesty

Amnesty International calls for an investigation into two foreign firms over their conduct in three adjoining copper mine projects, including the notorious Letpadaung mine.

Fighting Flares Between Burma Army, Kokang Rebels in Shan State

Fighting that first erupted between an ethnic Kokang rebel group and government troops on Monday morning continues in the northern Shan State town of Laukkai.

Hundreds of Villagers Still Displaced in Hpakant

Hundreds of villagers remain in isolated displacement camps in Kachin State’s Hpakant Township, nearly one month after they fled their homes amid conflict.

Small Rebel Army in Burma Resists Ceasefire Talks

It’s one of Burma’s smallest ethnic insurgencies, just a few thousand fighters, but the TNLA has turned into one of the government’s biggest obstacles.

Karen Rebels Not Ready for Ceasefire, Officials Say

Burma’s longest-existing ethnic resistance group, the Karen National Union (KNU), announces that it will not sign a nationwide ceasefire agreement on Union Day.

Opposition Asks Tribunal to Review ‘White Card Holder’ Referendum Vote

Arakanese and other opposition lawmakers ask the Constitutional Tribunal to overturn a parliamentary decision to grant white card holders voting rights during a constitutional referendum. 

Despite Increased Police Presence, Student Protesters Continue March to Rangoon

Students demonstrating in Burma’s south are continuing their march to Rangoon, despite an increase in the presence of security forces along protest routes.

Senior Minister Says Student Protestors ‘Threaten Stability’

Burma’s Home Affairs Minister Lt-Gen Ko Ko says students protesting against the controversial National Education Law threaten the country’s stability and development.

YCDC Shelves Dagon Township Highrise Projects

Five developments, including one worth nearly US $300 million, have been suspended by the YCDC over concerns building heights will affect sightlines to Shwedagon Pagoda.